When feeding your Dalmatian, it is important to keep in mind that dietary choices can affect the development of orthopedic diseases such as hip dysplasia and osteochondrosis.  When feeding a puppy at risk, avoid high-calorie diets and try to feed him several times a day.  Sudden growth spurts are to be avoided because they result in joint instability.  Recent research has also suggested that the electrolyte balance of the diet may also play a role in the development of hip dysplasia.  Rations that had more balance between the positively and negatively charged elements in the diet were less likely to promote hip dysplasia in susceptible dogs.

Avoid supplements of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D because they can interfere with normal bone and cartilage development.  The fact is that calcium levels in the body are carefully regulated by hormones as well as vitamin D. Supplementation disturbs this normal regulation and can cause many problems. It has also been shown that calcium supplementation can interfere with the proper absorption of zinc from the intestines.

Diet cannot prevent bloat but changing feeding habits can make a difference.  Initially, the bloat occurs when the stomach becomes distended with swallowed air.  This air is swallowed as a consequence of gulping food or water, stress and exercising too close to mealtime. This is where dog owners can make a difference.  Divide meals and feed them three times daily rather than all at once.  Soak dry dog food in water before feeding to decrease the tendency to gulp the food.  If you want to feed dry food only, add some large clean chew toys to the feed bowl so that the dog has to “pick” to get at the food and cannot gulp it.  Putting the food bowl on a step-stool so that your Dalmatian does not have to stretch to get the food may also be helpful.  Finally, do not allow your Dalmatian any exercise for at least one hour before and after feeding.

Fat supplements are probably the most common supplements purchased from pet supply stores.  They frequently promise to add luster, gloss, and sheen to the coat, and consequently make dogs look healthy.  The only fatty acid that is essential for this purpose is cislinoleic acid, which is found in flaxseed oil, sunflower seed oil, and safflower oil.  Corn oil is a suitable but less effective
alternative.  Most of the other oils found in retail supplements are high in saturated and monounsaturated fats and are not beneficial for shiny fur or
healthy skin.  For dogs with allergies, arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and some heart ailments, other fatty acids may be prescribed by a vet.

What Your New Puppy Needs

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After arriving to his new home, your new puppy will need high-quality puppy food.  He needs a feeding dish and a separate water bowl, both made preferably of unbreakable material.  He will also need a collar that fits him right now, not one to be grown into, and a leash from the moment you bring him home.  Both should be an appropriate weight and type for his size.  You can go to any pet supply shop or online catalogs and find an interesting assortment of these and other accessories from which you can choose from.  Next, you will need grooming tools that are suitable for your puppy’s type of coat.

You should have a few toys available as soon as your puppy arrives.  Toys will help make him feel comfortable in his new surroundings and will keep him busy for hours.  One of the best toys is a beef bone, either rib, leg, or knuckle (the latter type you can purchase to make soup), cut to an appropriate size for your puppy.  These are absolutely safe and provide a great exercise for the teething period, helping to get the baby teeth quickly out of the way with no problems.  Equally satisfactory is a nylon bone that does not chip or splinter and that “frizzles” as the puppy chews, providing healthful gum massage.  Rawhide chews are also safe, provided they are made in the United States.  There was a problem a few years back, owing to the chemicals with which some foreign rawhide toys had been treated.

Avoid plastics and any sort of rubber toys, particularly those with squeakers to which the puppy can easily remove and swallow.  If you want a ball for the puppy to use when playing with him, select one of very hard construction made for this purpose and do not leave it alone with him because he may chew it off and swallow bits of the rubber. Take the ball with you when the game is over. This also applies to some of those “tug of war” type rubber toys which are fun when used with the two of you for that purpose but again should not be left behind for the dog to work on with his teeth.  Pieces of swallowed rubber, squeakers, and other such foreign articles can wreak great havoc in the intestinal tract, so do all you can to guard against them.

Dogs bark as a form of communication but also a form of expression. However some bark more than others, and if your dog barks way too much and way too often, it can become a stressful problem. You could be having unhappy neighbors giving you nasty looks or verbal abuse, you could have trouble sleeping because of excessive barking and you could get mentally tired as well. A sad reality is that a lot of dog owners give up their pets if they bark excessively, but this doesn’t have to be the only solution. Let us analyze some of the reasons some dogs bark and look at some tips to help them stop barking too much.

Why Dogs Bark

There are several reasons why a dog likes to bark, so let’s list a few of them. Dogs can bark out of boredom, they’re in need of attention, they spotted something they interpret as a threat and want to warn you, they feel a lack of communication, they’re afraid or lonely. Some will even bark because they really enjoy doing it and find it entertaining.

How To Keep The Barking Under Control

What you need to do to keep this under control is not to allow this to become a habit early on. As soon as the dog is part of your household, you need to take some time to teach them that some behaviors are good and others are bad. Some are acceptable and some aren’t acceptable. By using vocal commands like “No Barking” or even “Stop” when they bark, your dog will learn that it bothers you when he does that excessively. When they stop barking because of your command, praise them for listening to you – this will show them that they’ve done good, and will remember the next time you give them that vocal command. Use a firm voice when using this command, but make sure it is not an angry or unfriendly tone, as your dog can sense that and become disillusioned or depressed. You can also reward him with a treat when he obeys to further establish the fact that he did well in stopping after you command.

Praise Your Dog

When you are very positive with your dog is when they learn the fastest. Every time your dog does something well, praise them vocally, pet them, give them treats. As soon as they bark too much or do something wrong, tell them to stop, and again praise them when they do. This type of positive reinforcement is key to a good relationship between human and dog, and it will make your bond even stronger.

Be careful however to not accidentally praise unwanted behavior. Some people feel the need to pet and stroke the dog when he is barking in an attempt to calm him down, but this will actually tell the dog you are rewarding that behavior, so they’ll actually be more encouraged to bark.

It’s important to understand how to properly teach good behavior and how to stop the bad.  By using these simple tips you’re well on your way to better control your dog’s behavior and make both your lives a lot easier.

A dog is a man’s best friend is what they say, because the level of friendship and the bond between a dog and their owner is unparalleled. When you train your dog, it enhances that bond even further, and it also increases the pleasure of the time you spend together. Studies have proven that properly trained dogs are happier than untrained dogs, and that is something that most pet owners simply don’t know. So in this article we will look to cover some simple examples of some very effective dog training techniques that anyone can use to teach their dog some basic skills.

Teaching Your Dog To Sit

Probably the most well know command is the ‘sit’ command, and this is the one you should be starting with, as it’s simple for both you and your furred friend to get right. You should use a treat he enjoys as a reward for good behavior – this is a basic tip that works well for any type of dog training. Next you’ll be required to attack a leash to your dog’s collar so you have a steady hold on him. Now show your dog the treat you have in your hand and hold it above his head, making him look up, and then say the magic word: Sit! On occasion, by simply holding the treat above him will automatically make your dog sit, but if he doesn’t, gently press your other hand on his rear while saying ‘sit’ again. When he finally sits, immediately reward him with the delicious treat and praise him for being a good boy/girl. Rewarding him instantly after correctly executing the command is crucial for the dog to understand what is required of him.

Teaching Your Dog To Lie Down

Once your dog has learned how to sit on command, the 2nd most common thing you should be teaching him is to lie down. Once again, we’ll use a nice treat as a reward for accomplishment. You begin this exercise by first asking your dog to once again sit, but this time, don’t reward him for sitting, hold the treat off for just a bit. While being in the sitting position, hold the treat in front of him close to the floor and give the “lie down” command. Once again, if your dog doesn’t automatically get what he’s supposed to be doing, put your other hand gently on the dog’s shoulder and press him down lightly, or even a small tug downward with the leash. When he finally lies down is the perfect time to instantly reward him with the treat. Please remember that the tone of your voice is also of big importance, so make sure you have a warm, friendly, loving tone, you’ll get faster and better results.

Teaching Your Dog To Stay

The last of the 3 main commands is the stay command, and this one is highest in difficulty out of the 3. You’ll have to choose a specific time in the day to practice this, at a moment when your dog is mellow and relaxed. Temperament is very important, so performing this training when your dog is overly excited or in a very playful mood will simply not work. Once again we will use a treat just like before, and you will first ask the dog to either sit or stay. Once he has executed that command, hold your hand in front of him (think of the Police officer signaling someone to STOP with their hand) and say “stay!”. The dog needs to stay there without moving for at least 4 or 5 seconds at which point you can give him the treat. It is very important for them to actually stay unmoved for the full 5 seconds for the command to have succeeded. You will have to try again and again until he finally understands the command, and you can praise him when he finally gets it. To help him increase the time in which he ‘stays’, you’ll have to hold off on your praise longer and longer as you keep practicing the command.

These are 3 of the most popular commands and techniques people use to train their dogs. Remember however that you need to have patience, a positive attitude and also understand that on some days your dog might just not be up for it. Stay kind in your interactions with him and he’ll reward you later on.

When you initially get your new rescued kitten home,there will a transition period for both of you. A kitten is tiny,and it’s interested by everything regardless wherever you’re at any time the kitten could be right behind you, in front of you, or trying to climb up your leg! In order to get from your transition period without becoming a bundle of nerves.

The smartest thing you can do with the kitten as well as yourself is to make a safe place. This can be a zone where you can put the kitten so you’re confident he’s safe as well as not going to get stepped on, and where kitty understands he’ll be safe from getting injured!

Find a large cardboard box, approximately 3 feet square, plus at least 3 feet high. Arrange the inside in the box so that there are specific spots for specific things, for example a sleeping area, a little paper to go potty on (if there’s space for a temporary litter tray inside there all the better!), and a supply of fresh water that’s not easily knocked over. In addition give the kitten a few small toys to play with so he doesn’t get bored. This becomes like a toddlers playpen. It’s somewhere you know he’s safe.

As with a child however, he’s going to try and get out after the novelty on the box is gone and it’s been totally explored. He’ll take a jump to the top on the box, so make sure that you use a box that’s rather heavy and won’t fall.

If he manages to hang over the top of it – you also don’t need to make it so high that if he does manage to get to the top, and tumble out, he’s not likely to hurt themself – you may set a pad at the base of the side likely to be the “escape route” just in case. You also should situate the box at a shaded place, away from sunlight, and out of the way of long curtains because if he can, he’ll make a jump for your hangings plus escape that way!

Despite the escape possibility, the safe area provides you with peace of mind, especially in the first days when you’re still adjusting to having him about, and it will offer him someplace of his own to retreat to once he’s had enough of the “big” world within your house. Though he may want to escape the box, there’ll be other times when it all will get a tad much and he actual sits beside his out of harm’s way area – or tries to leap in! kittens when introduced to a new home will need their own space just like we do.

Cat climbing towers give your fussy feline friend the most comfortable lounging areas.

Every cat owner knows, that all a domesticated cat loves doing is, lounge around. Domesticated cats have become notorious for it. Let us give this connoisseur of comfort its just rewards, and accept that it will occupy the best seat in the house, only if it has not been provided with lounging and snoozing space of its own.

Cat owners who do not tolerate their cats occupying the sofa or the bed, will testify to the fact, that providing the pet with adequate cat furniture, especially cat climbing towers, are the best alternatives to your fussy comfort loving furry friend.

Designers of cat climbing towers the world over, always cater to the likes and dislikes of the feline animal in their creations.

Cats move to the highest level it could find through a natural instinct, and cat furniture designers know this, because they have researched the habits of the animal in its wild surroundings. While in their natural habitat, cats climb up trees and perch themselves on high branches to stalk their prey.

Cat climbing towers provides the domesticated feline with perches at various levels, allowing it to find the perch that would give it the best view in the house.

All quality cat climbing towers have sisal rope or sisal material covered scratching surfaces and scratching posts built into their design, offering your cats their preferred way to satisfy their urge to scratch.

You can find smaller cat climbing towers with not so many levels, but definitely with more than just one platform for perching and lounging, if your house or apartment cannot accommodate the tall, floor to ceiling, 7 foot high variety.

Apartment dwellers will find that the smaller cat climbing towers have been designed for the cat owner with limited space. These units are covered in plush fabric for the maximum comfort, have at least one cozy condo and a dangling toy to keep your furry friend occupied for hours on end.

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